Capping an outside wire


Old 10-11-14, 09:20 AM
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Capping an outside wire

We moved in to our new home a few months ago and I noticed the previous owners ran a wire from an outdoor light on my back deck and connected it to a line of Christmas lights. We've changed our deck and now have no need for the Christmas lights.

I'd like to cut the wire coming from outdoor light and cap it for the winter. I can't hide the wire without removing the outdoor light.

My question is, will the wire be safe for the winter if I simply cap it?
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Old 10-11-14, 09:59 AM
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Without seeing what you have I don't see how you could disconnect the wire without removing the light.

Will a possible live wire be ok there just being capped ?
I don't know....will it ? Not at most homes.
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Exposed wire (Not in conduit) not properly terminated in an outdoor rated box with an outdoor rated cover, is not code anywhere and is a hazard.

That said, if it is low voltage, exceptions apply.
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The best solution is to disconnect at the light so the wire is no longer live. At that point, it sounds like it could be removed.
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